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March 02, 2006



I'm glad you see that light!

Prejudice is still alive and well, even in the Catholic community. What we need are leaders like yourself to challenge others when those kinds of statments/actions happen. I have found that if it's not challenged, then in a way, it's almost like condoning or agreeing with the other person. My youngest daughter is biracial, and as a result, our whole family has experienced prejudice. But, I've taught my girls to be polite yet firm when they find themselves in a situation where prejudicial or racial words or actions exists. That's not always an easy thing to do, but it's very necessary.

I would love to see that video, Hector, because I am certain it would challenge me.

Mary Poppins NOT (Renee)

I live in a community that is becoming a majority Hispanic. This always has been an immigrant city, but used to be broken up into neighborhoods, Italian, Polish, Romanian, etc. Now, most of the shops in the down town are Hispanic shops, and many of the churches are struggling to serve this community. There is much prejudice to deal with, as the influx of immigrants have put a strain on the schools, lowered the test scores (I guess from many of the children not knowing English), gang activity has made the crime statistics very different than the surrounding communities. Many ordinance have been passed limiting the number of people who can live in each house, fines have been levied for homes not "kept up", and it is on the verge of an "us" vs. "them" situation.
Many people have moved away, but it seems it is the churches that are sincerely, determinedly continuing to reach out to the Hispanic community. When I was in health care, many of my clients were Hispanic, as I worked in a not-for-profit and the other clinics would refuse to treat uninsured people. I benefitted from this contact and was able to meet the people behind the "social issues".

The social impact is complicated, and the need for people like you, to build an understanding between people, not as a demographic group, but as living, breathing, loving, hurting, and vulnerable people. I congratulate you on this important work, and wish for more like you.


Valerie and Renee, thanks for your comments. This situation does have many difficult issues socially, economically, etc. as Renee mentioned. The gospels simply asks us to find a loving and accepting way to work through them in a loving way.


Hmm, very interesting. We have a lot of asians/ethiopean's who attend Mass at my parish,I often feel that we aren't doing all that we can to foster relations with them. The problem that I have found is that often, outside of Mass they dislike attending social events and programmes run by the parish, perhaps it is because they feel that such differences exist as those that you outline?

God Bless.

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